MPIDR Working Paper
The structure of recent first-union formation in Romania
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2009-002, 14 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (January 2009)
By European standards, consensual first unions have been rare in Romania, and they remain so even though their incidence has increased by a factor of almost five since the early 1960s. Rates of conversion of consensual unions into marriages have been cut in half over the same four decades or so, and marriage rates have declined by a similar factor since the fall of state socialism, which is more dramatic because this period is so much shorter. There have been strong ethnic differentials in union-entry rates in the country.